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Three days Ya’an Panda Pilgrimage

Small Group Tour
Chengdu--Ya'an--Chengdu
Duration: Three day Departure: All year around
Highlights:
This tour is definitely the holiest pilgrimage for panda buff, not only visit the best panda base in China but also pandas’ sanctuary—Dengchigou Church where pandas were firstly scientifically discovered and made known to the rest of world.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu-Yaoqi Tibetan Village
D2: Yaoji Tibetan Village-Ya’an
D3: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base—Chengdu
at from $217 per person

Day1: Chengdu—Shenmulei Scenic Area—Yaoqi Tibetan Village (275km/5-6hours)

Schedule today: Leave hotel in Chengdu at 8:00 AM to drive towards mountainous area in western part of Sichuan. It takes about 5 hours from Chengdu to Shenmulei Scenic Area; the area is part of Jiajin Mountain National Forest Park, and the Jiajin Mountain is the first snowy mountain conquered by the Red Army during the Long March; now the mountain, as the habitat of giant pandas, is under UNESCO natural heritage protection list. In Tibetan, Shenmulei means “the place where immortals amuse”. After this, visit and stay overnight at Yaoji Tibetan Village that is the closet Tibetan village from Chengdu. The villagers’ dwelling and all hotels are beautifully built and decorated in traditional Tibetan style.   

Shenmulei Scenic Area Yaoji Tibetan Village

Shenmulei Scenic Area

Yaoji Tibetan Village

Day2: Yaoji Tibetan Village---Dengchigou Church—Ya’an (200km/4-5hours)

Schedule today: After breakfast, drive to Dengchigou Catholic Church (1.5 hours), from where the giant panda “produced” when the French missionary and naturalist--Armand David worked here in the 1860s. He made one specimen of the giant panda and sent it to Paris National Museum (still kept there). Now inside the church you can find a small museum about David’s life in China and at the church. The church is built purely by woods, and the architectural style blends Chinese with French Gothic, which makes the church also very valuable in architecture, thus many people praise it as the Pandas’ Sanctuary. After lunch in Baoxing, drive to visit Shangli Ancient Town which was a stop for traders on the ancient Tea-Horse Road and now is a popular place for modern tourists.

Dengchigou Catholic Church Shangli Ancient Town

Dengchigou Catholic Church

Shangli Ancient Town

Day3: Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base—Chengdu

Schedule today: Leave hotel in Ya’an at about 8:30AM, it will be 9 AM that you can visit the panda base at Bifengxia. So far, the Bifengxia Panda Base is the largest one also the most naturally beautiful one in China. It takes about 4 hours to finish visiting by walk, and electric sightseeing vehicle is also available at RMB 10 P/P (self-paid). After lunch in Ya’an, drive back to Chengdu.

Bifengxia Panda Base Bifengxia Panda Base

Bifengxia Panda Base

Bifengxia Panda Base

 

Price in USD for this 3 days Wolong Panda Nature Reserve & Mt. Siguniang Private Tour in 2017

  April - June July - August   September - Nov.15th  
2-3 pax USD 477 p/p USD 505 p/p USD 519 p/p
4-5 pax USD 319 p/p USD 338 p/p USD 348 p/p
6-7 pax USD 265 p/p USD 283 p/p USD 295 p/p
8-9 pax USD 230 p/p USD 245 p/p USD 264 p/p
10-11pax USD 217 p/p USD 232 p/p USD 247 p/p

Inclusions:

  1. Transportation. An experienced driver with licensed tourist vehicle, vehicle type depends on group size.
  2. Mandarin and English speaking local tour guide from Chengdu.
  3. Entrance fee to all the sites in the itinerary.  
  4. Travel insurance for accident only.
  5. Mineral water. One bottle / day.  
  6. Guide and driver’s food and accommodation.

Exclusions:

  1. Meals.
    **Our guide can show you where to have meal depends on your preference
  2. Accommodations.
    **There are many budget, midrange to luxury hotels in Siguniangshan Town and Chengdu, you can book by yourself or we can book for you.
  3. Sightseeing car in Bifengxia Panda Base.
  4. Air tickets to arrive and leave Chengdu.
  5. Any personal expense like beverage, phone call, laundry, shows and etc
  6. Chinese visa fee.
  7. Tips to guide and driver.
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